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s there any more overrated military unit in history than the Waffen SS? They were terrible in combat, and were meant to be Germany's elite troops. They performed worse than the regular Wehrmacht by far, and all they ever managed to do was commit atrocities that pissed off the locals into the arms of the partisans.

>3rd SS Division
>Fight in France
>Everyone else is kicking France's ass, and the 3rd SS division's greatest contribution was machine gunning 97 British POWs
>Lose 300 officers in the campaign
>Invade Soviet Union
>Everyone else is kicking the Red Army's ass all the way to Moscow
>3rd SS division gets encircled in Demyansk and lose 80% of their men

How about the 36th Waffen Grenadiers? Dirlewanger Brigade
>Biggest contribution to the war was a massacre of Polish women, children, doctors and babies in Wola
>Have a 315% casualty rate fighting Polish partisans, not even a real army
>The entire unit is replaced by reinforcements 3 fucking times fighting the Polish partisans

>The war in the Soviet Union proceeded well at first, but the cost to the Waffen-SS was extreme: by late October the Leibstandarte was at half strength due to enemy action and dysentery that swept through the ranks.[69]
>Das Reich lost 60% of its strength and was still to take part in the Battle of Moscow. The unit was decimated in the following Soviet offensive.
> The Der Führer Regiment was reduced to 35 men out of the 2,000 that had started the campaign in June.[69]
> Altogether, the Waffen-SS had suffered 43,000 casualties.[69]